The #1 question I get from readers is always around hair growth. Making it occur faster, wondering why it’s not happening or what to do about growing thinning or spotty areas on their heads or on their children’s heads. I often refer them to Trichologists or doctors (to make sure there are no underlying health reasons for the lack of hair growth) but after that I share some tips I’ve learned along the way.
One of the best natural treasures to assist in hair growth is gaining popularity among black women and while I’ve known about it for a long time; I’ve neglected to discuss on the blog. Now, it’s time to share the wonders and powers of Alma, or Indian Gooseberry for your hair for growth and a few other perks you never even realized you needed!
Alma, botanically known as Amilica Embillicus, is a small tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent. One of the most important plants in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Amla is a tree best known for its round, small, green fruit. The fruit, sour yet nourishing, all parts of the fruit besides the seeds are edible.
Amla has medicinal and anti-cariogenic properties. A natural powerhouse of goodness, Alma is rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, Vitamin B Complex and also a powerful antioxidant agent. This fruit has many health benefits including eye care, diabetes, and digestion but for our purposes, we are going to share how amazing it is for our tresses.
Amla oil and amla powder have very distinct and helpful benefits to our hair and created quite differently. When it comes to Almal oil, it’s not extracted from the tree or the fruit. The fruit is first dried out and then you need the help of carrier oil to create it. Immerse the fruit in an oil like coconut and sesame for a few days. If you are short on time or just don’t feel like waiting, check out this video by BeautyOy the oil is created within a few minutes.
Hair Conditioner – One of the most popular ways this oil is used for hair is as a conditioner after shampoo. It can be massaged into the scalp and hair and left on with a plastic cap for 15 minutes. Rinse with water water and continue styling.
Decrease hair fall / increase hair growth – Add a 3-4 drops of peppermint oil or rosemary oil to 1 tbsp. Amal oil and massage into your scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes under a plastic cap before shampooing hair. This can be done a couple of times a week. You can even add a few drops to your shampoo to add shine and softness.
Fighting dandruff – With antifungal properties, this is an ideal oil to fight dandruff. Mix 3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil, 1/2 tbsp. amla oil, and 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil. Gently massage the oil into your scalp before placing hair in a plastic cap for 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Wash and style as usual.
If you are more of a powder or clay-loving natural, then you will love using and working with Amla powder for your natural hair needs. Amla powder is by crushing dried amla and can even use a grinder to help. Make sure to sift the ground powder to get it as fine as possible. Feel like doing it yourself? Here’s a video sharing how you can create your own powder right at home.
Now, let’s check out how the powder can benefit your hair.
Hair growth – Just like the oil, the amla powder is excellent for promoting healthy hair growth. You simply have to combine with an oil like coconut, to gain the benefits. One of the best ways is a super easy hair mask and I’ve shared it below:
7 STEPS TO LONGER HAIR IN ONE YEAR
For now, check out the lovely Arshia Moorjani and how she creates and applies this simple hair growth hair mask. Isn’t she wonderful and gorgeous? Love her and love this super simple hair mask.
Who’s ready to give the oil or powder a try? Share below if you’ve used it before and if you plan on trying this.